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Category: Intellectual Property Law

How To Protect Your Trade Secrets

How To Protect Your Trade Secrets

What Are Trade Secrets? Oxford dictionary defines trade secrets as: A secret device or technique used by a company in manufacturing its products. To dive in deeper, trade secrets are intellectual properties (IP) that include formulas, practices, processes, designs, instruments, patterns, or compilations of information that have inherent economic or

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Obscenity, Free Speech, and the Case for Banning Books

We have been following public attempts to ban books which discuss sexuality and/or gender identity, including books about the Holocaust (see Maus), in the United States over the past year. Before, efforts were focused on children, pre-K to elementary school; however now, politicians in the state of Virginia want to

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What’s In A Contract?

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. We have all heard this time and again, but does it hold water in the legal profession? In the case of Marvel comic artists, it might. Lesser known artists and writers have been speaking out in recent times as Disney

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The Difference Between Trademarks, Patents, & Copyrights

The Difference Between Trademarks, Patents, & Copyrights

When you or you and your collaborators create something new, anything new, it becomes your intellectual property (IP). Depending on what type of intellectual property you have created, it will most likely need to be protected in one of three ways, or a combination of the three: a trademark, a

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How To Register a Copyright

How To Register a Copyright 

Registering a copyright is something I am always happy to help my clients with but, with a little bit of time and patience, it is also something that you can do yourself.  According to Copyright.gov, copyright is “a type of intellectual property that protects original works of authorship as soon

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Trademark Trolls Have Tolls

We’ve all heard of patent trolls. Wikipedia defines them as a party (often a shell company) who purchases patents from usually bankrupt companies for the express purpose of suing other parties claiming damages for infringement, knowing that it is more likely those parties will pay to settle out than proceed

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Launched: Copyright Claims Board

On June 16, 2022, the U.S. Copyright Office launched the Copyright Claims Board (CCB) online. Now, claimants may file small claims alleging copyright infringement of registered (or pending*) works and request monetary compensation. We have been following the CCB since it was written into legislation and earlier, when Register Maria

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The Librarian: Low-key American Superhero

There is a movie franchise starring Noah Wyle called The Librarian that romanticizes the role that these information technicians play in day to day lives. In truth, librarians have been called upon in recent years to serve as activists, defending our freedom of expression, and freedom to read for all.

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